ROSE, WHICH IS THE SYMBOL OF SULTANS, LOVERS, AND LITERATURE, GIVES OFF LOVE, BEAUTY, AND PURENESS FROM ISPARTA TO THE WORLD.
When Müftüzade İsmail Efendi had brought the first rose seedling from Bulgaria, and planted it in the Gülcü neighborhood of Isparta in 1888, he was unaware of the fact that the step he had taken would end up becoming very popular around the world someday. İsmail Efendi had made a difference among the Ottomans with his roses that he had planted in 30 hectares of land, and the rose oil that he had produced from their petals, despite all the hardships that he had to face. He had pioneered in supplying the 65 percent of the world’s rose oil needs from Isparta.
Having a 5000-year-old history that is almost as old as the human history, roses became the symbol of sultans, queens, empires, and lovers with its scent and looks. This precious flower has been used in many personal care products from perfume to soap from past to present.
1 kg of rose oil is extracted from 4000 kg of rose petals
Mentioned often in poetry and literature, a rose is a completely different world all by itself with its cosmetic use and healing powers, and with its scent and delicious preserves and many other uses. Only 1 kg oil is extracted from 4000 kg of rose petals. Rose of Isparta is distinctive among all the roses of the world with its color, scent, and oil.
See the rose gardens in the morning
Rose of Isparta, in other words ‘Rosadamascena’ is also known as Pink Oil Rose, Oil Rose, and Damascus Rose; it is a hardy, semi-double, prickled, and perennial plant with pink petals, and strong perfume. This is why in every corner of Isparta you become enveloped by powerful perfumes of the roses that make you turn your head and search. If you would like to see the rose gardens, prefer the first morning hours. As you walk through the fragrant roses that look and smell amazing not only your eyes or nose but your heart is also going to become cheerful.
It has been the symbol of our prophet
Many songs, poems, and chants have been written for roses, creating its own literature. It has been named as ‘heaven’s flower.’ Rose and Nightingale figures have been used to symbolize unrequited love for centuries. Rose has also become the symbol of our prophet most importantly. Our prophet has been identified with rose and rose scent.